Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is still having enough pain and discomfort in his shoulder to keep him out of a second straight game. After injuring it again in a 92-86 loss to the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, Howard missed Friday night's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. It looks like he'll miss Sunday's game as well.

Even against a good young frontcourt like what the Detroit Pistons throw out there with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Lakers should still be fine against their opponents today, in theory. But a lot of theoretical things have not gone the Lakers' way this season, as they try to climb back to at least being a .500 team.